Glossary

Aii: Active Integration Interface (Mapping).

AppCommTM: An AppComm is a COM component that is used in a source or destination template that contains the information necessary to access an external file, database or message component.

Application: A software system or component that is being integrated with Enterprise Enabler.

Attribute: A descriptive element created within the definition of an EE object. For example, Name and Author are attributes for the type of template created in EE.

Author: Author is the person who has created an EE object, such as source and destination templates, map definitions, schedules, datasets etc.

Block: A collection or set of adjacent columns containing data (also known as a data block).

Block Key: An indexed column that contains the primary key for records in a block of data.

Business Owner: An owner of a business process or application.

Business Process: Workflows and processes in organizations. In EE, business processes are assigned to a map with the purpose of keeping control over the process life cycle.

CSV-TXT: A record layout that separates data fields with a comma and usually surrounds character data with quotes. For example: “Pat Smith”, “Main St.”, “New Hope”, “PA”, “18950”. (Otherwise known as a comma-delimited format.)

Category: A category is a means of organizing EE objects, such as source or destination templates, aii definitions, etc. into logically separated groups.

Change Rule: Rules are used in the previewing process to compare values in the destination record set with the corresponding values that are present in the destination application or database.

Clear: Rolls back changes made to the last save in preview screen.

Column: A vertical set of data or components.

Column/Field: Columns or Fields represents data of similar type. A collection of columns makes up a record. A column is also recognized as a unit of data on a source or destination template.

Comments: A required field in IIM when sending out notifications or doing an update to an EE object with dependencies. In other EE applications, the comment field can be used to document objects or parameters.

Connection String: Connection strings are variables that contain database connection information. A connection string usually contains a number of arguments with their associated values, separated by semicolons.

Constant: A fixed value that can be assigned to a destination column during mapping.

Contacts: EE users who are business or system owners of the affected objects in IIM. As owners of IIM dependencies, these users need to be notified of the update request.

Criticality Factor: An assigned element to rank the impact of changes in EE. This is used to define which action to perform.

Data Type: Typical data types are numeric, alphanumeric (character), dates, and logical (true/false). EE also allows use of the data types defined in Microsoft’s ActiveX Data Objects.

Dataset: An Enterprise Enabler object that is defined as an official source of record for a data source.

Delimiter: A character (or combination of characters) used to separate one item (or a set of items) from another. For example, in comma-delimited records, a comma is used to separate each field of data.

Dependencies: An object in EE that is affected when a change to a template, map, or schedule occurs that produces an impact report in IIM when dependencies are found.

Destination Record Set: A collection of columns and rows of data that will be moved to a destination application or a database.

Destination Template: An EE object used with any of the supported AppComm components, which provides the definition and serves as the target of an interface between destination data and the Transformation Engine.

Dimension: Qualifies a source of record that is viewed within a particular context (e.g. sales by region, sales by product).

Group: Groups are used to define security access for users with similar access requirements.

Group Administrator: An EE system user who is responsible for (manages) group security by assigning permissions to other users to the group.

IIM Console: An EE application that provides access to view impact reports, set criticality factors, assign application and business process owners, and to turn IIM On or Off.

Impact Report: A graphical display of changes and dependencies to Interfaces, plus affected contacts and user information. Provides detailed preview information before any update is committed, and only appears when the change affects another object in EE.

Inactive Aii: An EE map that is built on “pending” template(s). When pending template(s) are resolved, the map will become active.  This only occurs when the IIM is turned On.

Initiator: An EE user that initiates an update request to an object that results in dependencies on other EE components.

Integration Integrity Manager: The process that manages change in an integrated environment by detecting the change, performing impact analysis, and managing the reconciliation of change in all affected components.

Key Column: An indexed column that maintains the primary sequence of records in a Block of data.

Aii Definition: A set of data that has a corresponding relationship to another set of data. A map defines the relationship between source and destination template data. It also provides functionality to create business rule(s), equation(s), and condition(s) that are applied to the data during data transformation process.

Mapping: The process of creating Aii definitions.

Min/Max Rule: Based on the minimum and maximum values provided by the user, this rule will highlight all the cells in the destination record set that have a value that is outside the range created by these minimum and maximum values.

  • Absolute Change: Computes the difference between values in the destination record set and the corresponding value in the target destination.
  • Percent Change: Computes the percentage difference between values in the destination record set with values in the target destination.

Non-IIM indicator: When checked, instructs EE to exclude the object from any dependencies check in IIM.

Obsolete Contact: A dependency that is no longer affected.

Purge: (see Rollout)

Permission: Privileges assigned to the EE user to perform certain actions within a group (as assigned by the Super Administrator or the Group Administrator).

Refresh Data: Clears all changes made to the destination record set and reverts to the original destination record set.

Refresh Dependencies: An option available when viewing the impact report on a pending update that instructs EE to perform the dependencies check again. This process can produce obsolete contacts and can trigger the update to occur immediately if no other dependencies are found.

Rollout: An automatic process to clear pending change requests based on a committed update, to an object in EE.

Row: A horizontal set of data or components.

Source of Record Manager: An EE Application that provides “data dictionary” type functionality, and that allows companies to standardize and “sanction” data for organizational use.

Source Template: An EE object used with any of the supported AppComm components, which provides the interface between source data and the Transformation Engine.

Super Administrator: The EE Super Administrator user manages the Security Manager application in EE. The Super Administrator has access to all features related to the Security Manager and other components of the Enterprise Enabler system.

Status: A field in IIM consisting of :

  • Pending: Waiting stage for resolving dependencies.
  • Completed: Indicates that the update is complete. IIM keeps history of the changes.
  • Cancelled: Pending cancel updates.

System Owner: An EE user who is the creator of an object, template or map. A system owner can also be assigned to an application.

Switch: A device that is used to turn IIM On or Off. When IIM is on, all changes pass through IIM dependencies checking process (default). If IIM is off, all changes are updated immediately.

Tree Node: A view showing the hierarchy levels of the objects displayed.

Template: An Enterprise Enabler data format created and configured by a user. Used by the Transformation Engine to extract or write data from or to an external application/database.

Toolbar: Part of the user interface, bars containing buttons that when clicked, provide access to features and functionality of the EE system.

Transformation Engine: The heart of the EE system. Transforms (manipulates and moves) the data from source to the destination database/application, based on equations/rules/conditions and data transformation relationships.

Variable Directory/Filename: A feature within the File Wizard that allows users to create a dynamic directory and file produced after execution of the map definition. Typically used when file names are date sensitive.

Value (Dimension): Used to further describe a dimension within Source of Record manager, and are used when searching for SOR dimensions.

User: A person who has security access in EE, based on the permissions assigned to him by the Super Administrator or Group Administrator.  A user can serve as a system owner, a group administrator, and/or a business owner.

User Information: Information about an EE user, such as Last Name, First Name, Phone Number, Fax Number, Email Address, User Id, and Password.